Letters

I have known Hilly since 1975, and even in the club's glory days of the '70s, his lifestyle was far from upscale—most of that time he lived in a small East Village apartment. More money went to supporting his bands than himself. It has been said that if the Dead Boys paid its bar bill, Hilly would have been a rich man. Too bad that payback came too late.

Bill Shumaker
Brooklyn


DROPPIN' LIKE IT'S SNOT

Rob Harvilla's'Why Can't This Be Love' [September 26–October 2], on Van Halen's tour, makes him sound like the kid who got beat up in third grade. Get over it. They're hot; you're not.

Billy Bob
Via e-mail


TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE US REICH

Re Nat Hentoff's 'History Will Not Absolve Us' [August 29–September 4]: Suggesting a potential Nuremberg trial for America's "war crimes" does a disservice to the real Nuremberg trials, where the perpetrators of genocide were convicted. There can be no comparison between the two; the Bush administration cannot be equated with the tyrannical Nazi regime. This hyperbole poisons the political debate and creates cynicism within society. Furthermore, Hentoff continually chooses to ignore the perennial threat of global Islamic terrorism. Maybe he can offer a more viable plan for detecting and capturing enemy combatants. Our Constitution and laws are the guiding principle of this nation—however, in our turbulent era, sufficient measures must be taken to protect our country from all threats.

Nick Gatsoulis
Long Island City, New York

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